Alternative Jobs for Students:
Student? Unemployed? Good news. Busking is a brilliant alternative to regular work. As a busker you can get creative, earn money, wear what you like... Become a bona fide street artist with our practical busking tips, legal woowahs, busking links & more.
What are the joys and pitfalls of designing and making stained glass windows? Is it dangerous to work with glass? Do you meet people as fascinating as the unusual art you're creating? Tell us, oh Stained Glass Designer Lady...
Interview with Caryn A. Tate, webcomics writer and creator of Red Plains. What are the perks and pitfalls of writing webcomics? Is there money in it? How does one get started? And can girls enjoy the violence and corruption of the Old West?
First year at university: How to make choices about your university course, student accommodation, friends and personal growth so your first year at college or university makes the mark on your life you wanted.
Summer jobs: There's nothing like planning ahead. If you're a festival junky who needs their fix but can't afford the tix, our guide to volunteering at festivals will get you into your favourite festivals for free.
Games design: From summer work experience at games companies to game design creativity exercise to joining forums, getting games desing degrees - and, of course, playing games - we offer 10 steps to becoming a video game designer.
Vocational courses: Vocational courses are ones based on creativity rather than academia. Both are marvellous, but a vocational course choice will always be questioned. Muinat looks at the inherent snobbery involved in career choices...
Piercings in the workplace: Alternative? Facing the grim prospect of an office job? We give you advice on work hairstyles, timekeeping, office dress and piercings in the workplace. Don't hide your individuality - temper it.
Writing jobs: Since the first cavewoman dolled herself up for a night on the desert and drew a picture of it on her cave wall, fashion has been a huge part of human life. Many years later, as the printing press came about, people started writing magazines on it. Editor of Lipstick Royalty Magazine, Rachel Phipps tells us what that's all about.
Volunteer work: Why volunteer? How to get started? And where to do it? Volunteering is a way to give something back. Danni's birds-eye view may encourage you to take your interest in volunteering a step further...
Part time jobs: Got a flak jacket? Given the current situation of rising unemployment, more and more women in offices are working on contract. The good news for us girls is that there are more and more contracts out there. Our office temping advice will make you a stand-out temp.
Part time student jobs: We had a chat with Kitty Dean about what it's like to work in a gaming store, and if roleplaying games are cooler than console games or if they're floundering like a dying kraken thrashing in the sea (yes they are and no they're not).
Fashion jobs: The lovely and talented James Clark has put his heart and soul into becoming an established makeup artist, working for money as well as for love. From packing up your kit bag to glamour shoots and networking for indie film contacts, he tells you how to start at the bottom... but aim for the top.
Writing jobs: You're minding your own business when a parent/teacher/irritatingly mature friend asks you about future plans. You have no idea! Why not follow in Joss Whedon's footsteps and get into screenwriting?
Unusual jobs: Meet Alena, a girly pagan train driver. There are only 2 other girls on her team but she's treated equally by the boys and on nights out they look after her. She can have her hair any colour she likes, she can drive 100mph legally AND she earns over £35k a year. So who wouldn't want to be a train driver?
Unusual jobs: Meet Briggie, Intrepid interpreter and globetrotter who often attends 2 or 3 major world conferences in as many countries all in one week! So much expenses-paid travelling and jetsetting can't be too bad a job, so we asked her how she got into it.
Unusual jobs: Hypnotherapy (using hypnosis to help people heal themselves) is not the same as hypnotism (using hypnosis to make people think they are a chicken). Most courses won't let you in before you're 24 so you can live your life first...
Unusual jobs: Cookie True describes what it's like to have a truly caring support system at work, be able to keep your tats/piercings/hairstyle, and what it's like to deal with cutters and people in a depressed phase of their lives as part of your job.
Alternative models: Pepsi is an alternative goth model who calls the shots - she works part-time with who she wants and gets to vamp up in her own clothes for the camera. She does need to take safety precautions though... find out if you too would like to be an alternative model.
Music jobs: Become an online radio DJ
Unusual jobs: After a false start of loving Kylie and the Spice Girls, Hayley Foster discovered riot grrl and now hosts her own female-fronted music show on Catnip Radio. Find out how she did it, and how you can do the same.
Whether you're drowned in festival mud, being spat on by music fans or smooched and told 'you look lovely too, darling' by male models, you'll never look back as a fashion / music photographer, says Shirlaine Forrest.
The real downside of being a make-up artist is the constant danger of a bad back or being involved in soft pr0n shoots (the two aren't related). The upside is it's one of the best jobs in the world, says Andrea Perry-Bevan
Ex-screamer of the Dirty Burds (RIP), current screamer in The Swankers, the rockalicious Jiggy Burd tells you how to become a rock singer and what to do with the swathes of skinny indie boys dying to kiss your hand when you come off stage...
Nadia Foley-Comer knows that if you want to warp expand little childrens' minds and have them grow, there's nowt more satisfying than becoming a primary school teacher. It's the career that's as alternative as you are.
Holly Kirkwood co-created and edited a super-sexy and dare we say 'fresh' magazine called SpinOff. It was for people who usually get their politics from gangsta lyrics and watching South Park. It all happened by accident, but it sold well and changed her life for ever. Could you see yourself doing the same?
Alternative Jobs and Interesting Jobs for Students
We interview people with alternative jobs to give students an idea of how to get into alternative careers. Unusual jobs rock.